Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Marks 100 Years

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Columbia County Fair & Rodeo – Photo Courtsey of Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Facebook Page

Carnival rides and games, barrel racing, rodeo court, corn dogs, cotton candy, 4-H Animals, Country Music and beer gardens. It sounds like a 100 Year Celebration to me.  2015 marks the celebration of both the Warren Grange & the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo.

100 years ago, Warren Grange started a partnership with the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. Warren Grange operates out of the 4-H Pavilion  on the fairground.  This 100 year celebration will draw many people to the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo which runs from July 15th – July 19th, 2015.  A special opening ceremoney for the Fair will began at noon on July 15th to honor the orginal stones that were moved to the current fair location from the original location on Deer Island and to kick off the celebration.

Want to keep up with all the events, you can follow the fair  schedule on both their website and facebook pages. 2015 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo Calendar of Events and Follow events for the fair on Facebook.

This year John Micheal Montgomery will  preform July 15th.  While the VIP tickets are sold out, general admission is still available at local businesses like Chubb’s and Skinny’s in St. Helens. Groups such as the Columbia County Fair Board invite you to not only attend but to get involved.  They are even reaching out to kids to help volunteer.  Other groups such as Pacific Northwest Works have a call for volunteers for the Annual Plant Sale prep on July 14th whose proceeds support the fair.  Contact Pacific Northwest Works at 503-397-6495 to volunteer.

Let’s keep the fair going strong for another 100 years as it’s another great Columbia County annual tradition that helps create new memories, see old friends and pull a community together. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCounty


Celebrate 4th of July in Columbia County

Fireworks almost always steal the show on the 4th of July. St. Helens has fireworks that you don’t want to miss.  The show starts at 10:00 PM & Columbia County is invited to join.  Don’t forget to donate generoulsy to make this happen.  You will find donation jars all over town at locations like Klondike, Dockside Steak & Pasta, Skinny’s just to name a few local businesses.  This year City of St. Helens Community Foundation, the same organization that puts on 13 nights is also organizing all the events for July 4th.

So many things going on that day starting with a Fun Run & a Pancake Breakfast put on by Columbia River Fire and Rescue from 7-10, to a trash can painting contest where you can win $200 sponsored by Arts & Cultural Coaltition, to a “Strut Your Mutt” Parade & Contest benefitting the Columbia Humane Society  with so much more even a pie eating contest as a fundraiser for Yankton Arthur Academy.  You will enjoy seeing all the local businesses decorated for the 4th competing in a Display Window Contest.   Follow all the events at 4th of July St. Helens

We join you to get involved with the 4th of July fun it’s all part of living in a small community.  See you at the Columbia View Park. #DiscoverColumbiaCounty #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal

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Scappoose SummerFest – June 26th & 27th

Scappoose SummerFest is always held on the last weekend of June, in well, you guessed it, Scappoose, Oregon.  What is SummerFest?  SummerFest is an annual community event organized by the Scappoose Boosters as a fundraiser to help fund their local sports prorgrams.  If you ask the folks who have lived here for quite awhile, they will say it was the old “Pow-Wow” Festival.

You will find lots of live music and vendors galore starting Friday 26th continuing until late Saturday at 11:00 PM. This year the SummerFest Committee added a few extra events that can’t be ignored such as the Kids Parade and a Fun Run.

Be sure to check out the Kids Parade “SuperHero’s & Princesses” on Friday night.  Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes, hot wheels or ride in a wagaon, really, whatever they prefer.  Kids must be lined up at 6:30 on Friday 26th on the north side of the Scappoose Middle School.  This parade will surely provide the kids with great memories.  Who doesn’t have found parade memories from their childhood?  The Kids Parade will go from 1st street to JP West ending in Veteran’s Park.   It’s sure to be a great way to start the 2 day event.

Live music begins on Friday 26th at 5:00 PM with Radio Giants ending Saturday at 9:00 with Weiners with many other great bands in between.  This year the Weiners, a local band, is coming out of retirment to play for the group for the hot event Saturday night.  Be sure not to miss out because they were talked out of retirement to play.

Don’t forget about the parade which starts at 11 on Saturday no fee.  It’s called the Grande Parade with the theme this year “Let the Good Times Roll.”  A tractor parade is also being done so new or old join in on the  fun.  There is still time to register so be sure to shine up your tractor. Register for Scappoose SummerFest Parade

The Fun Run Saturday morning which includes a 5 or 10 K.  Scappoose SummerFest Fun Run Registration

Scappoose Boosters Committee arranged for a Carnival to be on site to celebrate SummerFest.  There is even a Ferris Wheel.   You can also find a magaican on Saturday on Stage #2  at 3:00 PM. Presto, the Magician, is back to entertain kids of all ages. Don’t forget about The Pet Parade which starts at 12:30PM on Saturday 27th with lots of categories and prizes.  Please bring your leashed pet to compete.

Why not join in on the fun?  There are things to do from dust till dawn.  What a perfect way to enjoy living in a small town.  Follow SummerFest Events on FaceBook

#DiscoverColumbiaCounty #PlayLocal #ColumbiaCountyShopLocal #Community #Festivals

 

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13 Nights on the River to Start June 4th

St. Helens, OR-  June 4th marks the start of the 11th Season of 13 Nights on the River at Columbia Park in St. Helens.

If you haven’t been, your in for a treat. The St. Helens Community Foundation along with sponsors Columbia River PUD, Dyno Nobel, Ace Hardware, Port of St. Helens, Columbia River Funeral & Cremation, & Taylor Resolution Dispute support 13 Nights on the River which coordinates music for the community on Thursday nights along with an open air market.

The Open Air Market has a variety of food, crafts and product vendors starting from 3:00-6:00 PM.  For the adults there is a beer garden.  For the kids, a playground.  For all, live music.

Weekly performances will continue from 6 to 9 PM Thursdays through Aug. 27th. Admission is free but please donate generously.  You might want to come early as many residents across Columbia County attend, so you might even run into an old friend or two.

Follow 13 Nights on the River on Facebook.

Check out their schedule:

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To read more about each band, go to 13 Nights on the River band information.

 

 


St. Helens Library Celebrates 100 Years

Don’t you just love a party?  Especially one that celebrates a local community treasure like our St. Helens Library.  If you have not been to our local library, your missing out. They offer activities for all ages such as storytime, game nights, and many more special events. Did you know that you can sign up to learn to play the Ukulele with Tim Pardue of the Cowlitz Ukulele Association? They meet Saturdays at 10:00 AM for beginners and at 11 a.m for those who have played before. Call the Library at 503-397-4544 for more details and to register. They also have a great computer lab and are always helpful.  Click here for library events.

Having a strong educational resource like the library is the sign of a vibrant community.   Sign up for the City of St. Helens newsletter to receive ongoing information about the library and the City of St. Helens.

Help the community celebrate St. Helens Library 100 years by attending one or both of their two parties.  The adult party on May 18th will feature historical memorabilia & cake from  7:00-8:00PM.   The kids party on May 21st at 5:00 PM will be in the Auditorium.  BJ the Clown will  perform an hour comedy show then afterwards classic games like tug of war will be played along with singing Happy Birthday and cake.  Doesn’t that sound like a fun party?  Thanks to all who support our local library. Here’s to another 100 years!

St. Helens Library Celebrates 100 Years

Walk with a Cop- Collaboration to Support Columbia County

Did you know that you can Walk with a Cop?  St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham and Officer Alex Bubar, Columbia City have joined St. Helens resident, Judy Thompson’s team, called the  Legacy Devers Dynamos.  Together they invite you to join them in the 2015 NAMI Walk on Sunday May 17th.

What is NAMI?  NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing support, education, research, and advocacy for individuals, families, and friends of those living with mental illness. The 13th Annual Northwest NAMI Walk is held in Portland.  Every year  representatives from Columbia County have walked to raise awareness about mental health issues.  NAMI holds this event each year to keep NAMI programs and services free of charge for those who need them. More Information on NAMI Walk 2015

For the last four years,  local citizen, Judy Thompson has been walking for Columbia County.  This year her team has raised a little over $7,000.00.  These funds are donated back to local organizations that support mental health awareness such as $500.00 to  Sacagawea Health Center in Feb 2015 to contribute to their  Touch the Heart of a Child” annual fund raiser.   Mental health services for local school children are just one of the many services that Sacagewea Helath Care Center provides .  NAMI Columbia County provided Christmas for Peers of Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) which involved giving out 160 gift cards in Dec 2014. Since 2011. NAMI Columbia County has been assisting with financial resources to help local law enforcement officers attend the Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT).  NAMI of Columbia County helps to make an impact.

Join Judy’s team to continue to do good things for Columbia County.  Judy  hopes to have 100 people walking on her team for Columbia County.   Not able to walk?  You can be a Virtual Walker or donate to a great team.   When you support this effort, you help to  spread the word that mental illness is ok to talk.  You help to share that NAMI is a strong resource in and out of crisis.  There is no fee to register to walk.  Go to team page to join and support Sgt. Graham, Officer Bubar and Judy’s dedicated efforts   http://namiwalks.nami.org/devers15

NAMI of Columbia County is a great example of how collaboration helps to strengthen resources in Columbia County.

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St. Helens Police Sergeant Rick Graham, Courtsey of St.Helens Police Department – Facebook Page
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NAMI Columbia County Walkers
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2014 Columbia County Team, Legacy Devers Dynomos

 

 

 


What’s SHOR?

Have you heard about SHOR (St. Helens Organics Recycling, LLC)?

SHOR held two open houses last week at the St. Helen’s Armory to share information with the public about the proposed St. Helens Organics Recycling facility.  You might be asking yourself what does that mean?  SHOR  seeks to be a leader in environmental sustainability by providing an alternative to sending food scraps to the landfill.   SHOR would use a 100 year old process called anaerobic digestion in a closed facility to produce a methane gas similar to natural gas used to create electricity, energy to run some of the operations at the mill or as a transportation fuel for the trucks that serve the mill.  Not only does this process create a renewable energy but it would also would provide a valuable source of nutrients for local farm and agricultural reuse.

SHOR’s proposed site is to be c0-located on the Cascade Tissue (formly Boise White Paper) Mill site.  SHOR shared that both the residents and businesses will benefit from having a community facility that demonstrates real leadership in environmental sustainability. It will also provide jobs and serve as an anchor to help attract other businesses that value the protection of the environment.  SHOR’s next steps are to apply for permits for a permits from the Department of Environmental Quality which will require a hearing prior to issuance.

If you couldn’t make it to the Open House, please contact Paul Woods, Owner.  He invites the public to contact him for more information on the facility layout, anaerobic digestion and status of the project.  You can go to SHOR INFO or email him at paul@shorinfo.com.

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Paul Woods, Owner, answering questions from local St. Helen’s residents.
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Great Local Business – All About Pets

Have you been to All About Pets? The minute I walked into the store, I was greeted by the cutest little chihuahua.  Charles Van Cleave, Operations Manager, met me with a big smile and almost a skip in his step.  Immediately, I knew he loved his job.  The store is spacious, clean and offers a great variety of products.  The first 3 products I picked up in this store were MADE IN USA, always a plus.

All About Pets, 52567 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR, is locally owned by Cathy Cook who has been in business for 11 years.  They have a staff of 6 in 5,000 square foot building that has almost anything a pet lover should need.  Charles shared the company’s mission and philosophy that they are a Companion Animal Resource Center that likes to educate their clients.  They love your animals and like you.  They believe in good animal nutrition.  They share about everything such as tips or resource from why you should buy an MADE IN USA rawhide chew or why buy a certain type of dog food.  Plus, they have a clean aquarium room with a variety of fish and reptiles.  You’ll even find a thing or two for humans.

Stop by on April 4th to help them celebrate their clients with a Customer Appreciation Sale.

Plus, they have Dog washes on 1st Saturday to benefit the off the leash Dog Park in Scappoose.  Please call for an appointment 503-543-5740. Follow All About Pets on Facebook #SHOPLOCAL

 

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Customer Appreciation Sale April 4th

 

Items for Humans - MADE IN USA socks

Gems of Columbia County- Nob Hill Park

photo 1 (52) photo 4 (35) Have you been to Nob Hill?  Spring brings perfect hiking weather and flowers which are starting to pop up everywhere.  You really should take a few minutes to check out this park.  Nob Hill  is one of the “gems” in Columbia County. It is easy to find as it’s right across the street from the Waste Water Treatment Plant in St. Helens, 451 Plymouth Street, St. Helens, OR.  This park is a must if your looking for an easy hike.  It takes about 20 minutes and has that feel like your out in nature without the drive.  Nob Hill is the type of park where you won’t find playgrounds, you might not even see another person.  That is what makes this park so special.  This park  is where one must take only their memories; leave only their footprints.

The friends of Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is a nonprofit partner group for the Friends of Nob Hill.   They are currently looking for volunteers for a work party on April 4th.   Call 503-397-7904 for questions or for more information on Nob Hill Nature Park.


“Spring into Gardening”

Do you like to garden?  Have a garden and need plants?  Just have a few questions?

We have some great resources here in Columbia County to help you get started if your new to the area or starting a garden.  Want classes? Check out OSU Extension Service  Gardening Classes and Resources for Columbia County.  You can also contact Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Weed Control program on what is a weed and what’s not.  Get your questions answered call Tyler 503-397-455 ext 104 or email tyler. joki@columbiaswed.com.

Additional resources like the Scapppose Watershed Council can help answer questions about native spieces and share why consider using native speices.  The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council is hosting their Native Plant Sale April 11th from 9-1 at Scappoose High School (greenhouse at the 2nd parking lot at school). They have one of the largest selections of native trees, plants, shrubs and are happy to answer questions before or after the sale on “what’s best?” Shop Local for Native Plants  Don’t own a garden but want to help? The Scappoose Watershed Council also accepts volunteers.  Scappoosebay Native Plant Nursery

Happy gardening!